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next speaker? >> i am a cpmc in post a key services for over 20 years. we employees feel quite vulnerable in the new rebuild. there have been several layoff notices and at locations will be closed. with the help of our union, the committee, and public officials, we have been successful in keeping valuable services open. we cannot afford to lose more dedicated professionals in san francisco. they've committed to keeping 100 beds open for 10 years. roughly 65 of those are at an undetermined location. the ceo posted a town hall meeting in which he stated the opposite. when the nurses asked what would happen to subacute, he answered that it had not been figured
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out. skilled nursing and subacute are too expensive in the city of san francisco. the nurses asked about the employees. he answered, we will find jobs for those people where the patients go assuming people are willing to move. i do not know what else we can do. i do not know. the nurses are for the most part residents of san francisco. we have provided decades of service. we have no job security when the new hospital is moved. cpmc is silent on future employment for its 6000 employees. before approval is granted, we ask for your help in demanding the following. a commitment to future employment of nurses to have first rights to employment in the new facility. it would not cost anything. cpmc provide a clear statement of the exact location of the skilled nursing beds. thank you.
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supervisor mar: what do you think will happen to the subacute services? where do you think those 60 skilled nursing beds will be made up if they are eliminated from st. luke's? >> it is not st. luke's. it is all through the campuses. i have no idea. we're getting mixed messages. if i had my say in any of this, i would say to keep it open in the california campus. do not close the california campus. move the skilled nursing beds to the california campus. supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon, supervisors. i am speaking for the president and ceo of the san francisco community clinic consortium. i am eleanor jacobs. we feel having a new hospital from the ground up will be good for the san francisco health
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care system. the building of the hospital will bring new jobs in to san francisco. a new hospital has the potential to recruit new providers and replace retiring providers. we are excited to work with all hospitals to improve the health and welfare of san franciscans. thank you. supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> i want to take time to support what alex stated earlier. this is not a fight between labor and community. it is not either or. we support builders. we support the community and labor work together to create a healthy community. i want to go further and say when employers coming to the
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city, we need to start holding them accountable for being part of the community. let me say that cpmc has already demonstrated they have bad faith when working with the community. by reducing the beds at st. luke's, by allowing themselves to only give the lowest standard possible of charity care. if you are an employer interested in the community you are coming into, you are going to exceed the standards set. that is not happening here. there is a lack of good faith on the part of cpmc when dealing with the community. we need to hold onto a higher standard than what they are currently being held to. [applause] supervisor mar: thank you. i would ask people to withhold applause. it would allow us to get through this as quickly as we can. next speaker. >> my name is gary brown.
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i am a long time resident of bayview-hunters point. i am the owner and operator of my own business. i have been dealing with st. luke's hospital since i came back from vietnam in 1971. i was 19 years old. my daughter was born there 40 years ago. gary brown, jr., was born there in 1978. my baby daughter is in college. she was born at st. luke's. it would help my family. it was convenient for me to go there at the time because they would not let me in san francisco general 40 years ago because i was working and trying to have a family. i enjoyed going there. they help my family. it was convenient because of where i live that. if they tear down st. luke's, my wife is passed this february with pancreatic cancer.
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i noticed the change when we went to st. luke's. they transferred her to ralph davis and in california pacific. what i see now is there is a lot of money being exchanged. they could not help her because she was in the last stages. it was critical. but anyway, i would like to see everyone support and try to keep this hospital open. [tone!] thank you. supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> i am a resident of bayview district. i am a student studying child development. i also work two jobs to support me and go to school. i am a full-time student. going into health care would be a dream. right now, there is not a lot of opportunities in my community to support that. i would like to see a lot of
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programs and training and placement to support me and other people in the community. schooling gets more expensive. it is hard for us to pursue that career. i would also like to see a difference and more benefits for youthful people like myself. thank you. supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> good afternoon. my name is carolyn gauge. i am a san francisco resident. i am a resident of district 10. during the course of this meeting and to the end of this meeting, the questions of you, what, where, and wind should be answered. there have been promises without commitment and our communities before. with the development of these sites in the community and the
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involvement of city officials, it can be agreed the south side is a community of evolution. is it safe to say since these developments are constructed in our community and city officials are involved, that the projects will be monitored for the best of the people in the community? there will be vast amounts of services developing, career training and placement operations in these facilities. if it is safe to say that these will bring longstanding career opportunities to the committee, it would be safe to believe the opportunities would maintain a high development of professionalism in science and health care system. also opportunities in human- resources, data billing, coding, and other vocational skills. the challenges should be met for and of the community.
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thank you. supervisor mar: thank you. i am going to call several mornings. steve wu, david velmer. if your name has been called, please line up. if your name has not been called, we will get to you. >> i am on the nonprofit cpmc board of directors for the foundation. the purpose is to raise funds for the community for the programs and facilities that would not otherwise be possible. i want to share some insight i gained over the years of observing why so many volunteers and donor support cpmc. i am talking about a broad base of annual donors. 400 corporations, 100 foundations, 12,000 individuals of all income levels and occupations from every single neighborhood in san francisco.
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why do they want to give and support? why do we have 33 trustees serving on the board an average of 11 years? we of 80 additional trustees on st. luke's board. why do they support us. why do we have citizen volunteers at cpmc who put in 100,000 volunteer hours a year? here is why. here is why we have attracted so much community support. they understand the importance of quality health care professionally and humanely deliver. they have a sense of security in all of uthis. so many are grateful patients. no one is forcing them or paying them to support cpmc with their volunteer time and treasurer. they do it because the overall system works well. they feel secure. [tone!]
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security in health care means they do not want to be concerned about seismic safety in their own hospital. i cannot express how significant an issue this is with them given the seismic history of san francisco. i encourage you to support cpmc. please bring seismic safety and top support -- top-level help support to san francisco. supervisor mar: next speaker. mr. carpenter, i did not call your name. if your name has not been called, please respect the process. many people have been waiting for several hours. i do have a list. if you have put a card in, i will call you. i do not think i have called your name, mr. carpenter. >> a bunch of people talk to use names were not called. this is a matter of discrimination, sir. supervisor mar: i would like for you to respect the process.
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we will get to your name. >> a whole bunch of people came up with other names being called. supervisor mar: i called everyone's names who came up. please respect the process. >> everyone who got on his microphone name was not called by you. supervisor mar: yes, it was. please respect the process. >> speaker. -- please respect the process. >> speaker. >> i wanted to be known [unintelligible] supervisor mar: please continue. >> thank you for hearing this important item today. i support cpmc's rebuild plants. after being out of the workforce for a long time, i was recently hired by herrera contractors. around this time last year, i was diagnosed with cancer and went through surgery.
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this did not discourage me. while undergoing radiotherapy, i went back to school at the city college of san francisco to get my certificate in construction administration. under the auspices of mission hiring hall and herrera. i did this to find a job and not be a burden to my family in the city. now i have my health back and have a full-time job. today i am here on behalf of those who will overcome every illness, go back to school if need be, and do every sacrifice to get into the work force so they can put food on the table for their families. i am a resident of san francisco. i firmly believe you have the
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best interest of the residents in your hearts. [tone!] give us jobs. give us our lives back. please vote in support of rebuilding cpmc without delay. thank you. supervisor mar: thank you. i will call several more names. david velmer, jeffrey keyes. next speaker. >> my name is barbara. i have been a nurse for over 35 years. i work in labor and delivery at the california campus. build a hospital, but build it right. you are dealing with the corporation whose ceo made $4 million last year. he does not have to worry about job security or where his paycheck is coming. he probably has a little left over to put away for his penchant.
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his pension is separate from his paycheck. maybe he has little left over for health care. no, that is also separate from his paycheck. maybe he needs it to put extra food on his table. $4 million does not go as far as it used to. the mayor has met many times with the trades. he has made deals with them. what about the nurses. should we have the right to work and in a hospital? we do not have transfer rights. they did not make a deal with the hospital. the ones recognizes these most -- the most ethical ones in the country. the nurses do not have transfer rights today. we have no guarantee we will have jobs in the new hospital. i live and vote in san francisco. i have worked in the hospital i have substantial deals for over 35 years. i am not entry level. well i have a job in your
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hospital? have a hard and care about your patience. thank you. >> i am resident of bernal heights, 38 years, and my family relies on st. luke's hospital. my grandson was born there. i am here representing jobs with justice, a coalition of 30 community labor groups. for the past few years, jobs with the justice has been working with a broader coalition of 50 groups called san franciscans for health care, housing, jobs, and justice to holdsutter cpmc accountable. we want to hold those directly affected by sutter cpmc, including nurses, health care providers, low-income residents of the tenderloin, and working families and seniors in the southeast san francisco. it is well documented a thatsutter is the most
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profitable hospital corporation in the region. they charge the highest price for services and offer the lowest level of charity care. despite cpmc's propaganda the current terms of the deal negotiated by the mayor's office are grossly inadequate to the community and to our workers. the deal as it stands now would just give cpmc the green light to make millions of dollars more in profits and dominate our health-care system for decades. we urge you to vote against this project unless there are these major changes. these include no downsizing of st. luke's. 50%, not 5%, local hiring for permanent jobs. [bell rings] match lennar's commitment to $8.5 million in funding towards workforce development. guaranteed job transfers for 3000 current employees at risk of layoff. respect the rights of the poised
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to join a union free from interference. do the right thing, supported -- support the workers and communities. thank you. supervisor mar: the question that has come up before is the need for a community benefits agreement to hold the project developer and the project accountable. i am wondered how the cba what kind of hold them accountable? if you do not want to answer it, it is fine. thank you. next speaker. >> my name is linda carter. a stanford and residentfor 44 years and rn at st. luke's for 42. i know this will bring a lot of short-term building trade jobs, and that is great. the city doesn't need that. and we do need seismically state hospitals. however -- the city doesn't need that. and we do need seismically safe
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hospitals. however, after that work is done, the real work has to get done. the hospital has to have staff. i am here to speak for the nurses whose jobs are at stake. we're not guaranteed any transfer rates, and that is one thing we have continually asked for whenever we're at the negotiating tables because we have been without a contract for five years. we do still negotiate. we have been asking about transfer and seniority rights. with the total closure of the cal campus and st. luke's being cut to a third of its side, no one has a guarantee of a job in the new cathedral facility. we would like to see transfer rights the part of the benefit agreement, the community benefits agreement. thank you.
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>> good afternoon. my name is frederick. i am here representing, and i am also a resident of san francisco, local 22 journeyman carpenter. i started out in 2002 as an asian neighborhood design pre- printed should double the pre- apprentice, which is now pretty much city built. i was able to support my family at a sustainable wage. i represent this hospital being built, not only as a citizen, a person who works for the city, and i think the hospital is better than an apartment building or, you know, office building going up, because it is going to support the community. i know it is not a perfect world, but it will support a lot of jobs. i am also a student in community college in construction management. by you guys letting this
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hospital be built, i feel it will benefit most of the people in the city. thank you very much. supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> [inaudible] and i fully support cpmc's rebuild of the california pacific medical center. myself, i am a former employee of cpmc. when i was working back in 1989, i had the opportunity from my supervisor to train a blind person to do transport back in 1989. the person had training through
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the rehab, the state of california rehab program, and i was the one who trained this person that was blind to do transport. it is an honor that cpmc allow me and allow the individual blind person to be able to work at the hospital. this is the first time in california that i can remember that a hospital was devoted to allow a disabled person like myself to be able to work in the hospital. [bell rings] and i support cpmc. supervisor mar: sir, for how many years did you work for
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cpmc? >> i worked in the transport department. for 10 years. supervisor mar: ok, thank you. i have a few more names. halifa, jamil, stephanie, andy, alicia, saul, sean. >> good afternoon. i am a night nurse in the women's and children's unit that marin general hospital, so i am your neighbor up north. formally a part of sutter corporate health system, i have been a nurse for 21 of my 31 years atmarin general. for a number of years, it was operated byu health -- by sutter health, but the district
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voted to settle its lease agreement five years earlier -- or five years early. prior to this, sutter routinely transferred around 3 million per year out of marin to its corporate in sacramento. that increased to 30 million per year just before the ties were severed. hmm. the district believes that sutter health siphoned off money that should have rightfully remained in the health care district, prompted a lawsuit that is still pending. shame on you, sutter corporation. i had a lot more to read but it has already been said. all i would like to say is, supervisors, please be very careful in dealing with the sutter corporation. last, if you're wondering about my hat, i invite you to look up the robinhood tax .org website.
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>> get afternoon, supervisors. i am here to reiterate a point that was made earlier about what labor is pushing for and what community is pushing for, actually being the same things, and to reiterate the point that labor is community and community is labor. you know, what it really is about is good jobs, and that is something that both labor and community understand and are pushing for. i work at the tenderloin at tndc. we have a lot of unemployed residents or low-income and working poor. it would be great to see them working at this hospital. we're pushing for more local hire, more than 40 jobs per year for five years, to ensure our residents can work in the hospital being built in their neighborhood. in good conscience, i cannot see myself or have a hard time
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seeing myself recommending by residents to work at cpmc hospital where workers are treated so poorly. and i have been sitting here listening to all these accounts of nurses. i have talked to stationary engineers who were on strike. and in no good conscience can i say that i fully support the jobs that will come from cpmc if they are going to be the way that has been described today by our brothers and sisters in the nurses' union. so i really wanted to emphasize that for community, for the tenderloin, we really want to see a local hire good jobs -- want to see good local hire jobs. [bell rings] we want to ensure that our residents in the tenderloin will not be moving into a poor working environment, that their rights as workers would be respected. supervisor mar: thank you.
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next speaker. >> i am an engineer, not a politician and not a lawyer. as an engineer, i would like to mention that the new cathedral whole project will not only be earthquake-proof, but it will also employee outside, so in case of epidemic, it will be a beacon on the heel. i was thinking i would talk about this world-class facility a little bit long for. -- a little bit longer, the previous speakers were talking about guaranteed employment. thanks to my unique experience, i worked and lived half of my lifetime in the soviet union. know that when employment is guaranteed, people become complacent. and when they become complacent, they do not perform their best.
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it is common knowledge that 100,000 people die in hospitals every year in the united states due to [unintelligible] which i attributed to mistakes made by health-care providers. so san francisco deserves not only world-class facilities but world class medical care providers, and the qualifications should be not the fact that they reside in san francisco but that they are world-class. [bell rings] let's build this facility. i am waiting to receive another pin during the groundbreaking ceremony. let's build it. supervisor mar: thank you. next speaker. >> hello. i am a community organizer in the tenderloin.
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we need more jobs in san francisco. over the past several decades, there has been a mass exodus of working-class families that can no longer afford to live here. it is one of the most expensive cities to live in in the world. so we need to make sure that we secure funding and opportunities, economic resources, towards low-income working class families, residents of san francisco. how could it be that the nurses are against a hospital being built? there should be something that clicks with that, sutter that help -- that sutter health does not support the nurses' unions and others. they have had to start to get fair wages for themselves. we need to make sure that we are hiring locally. 5% of all the jobs coming into the city to the new hospital is being built is really a census to san franciscans. we need to